Happy Friday to you all! A few bits for you this week including a heads up on our first release for 2014, a 22-track compilation from Helen & The Horns. Also some Christmas stuff from Goldblade & Poly Styrene, and Billy Childish. Oh and we also have some ace T-shirts back in stock for Hangman Records, Billy Childish and Talulah Gosh. Christmas gifts for that special someone (or even yourself!) Read on!
Helen & The Horns – Footsteps At My Door – BBC Sessions & More (CD/digi)
HELEN McCOOKERYBOOK’s BAND AFTER THE CHEFS SPLIT UP
RARE AND UNRELEASED TRACKS
After The Chefs split in the early 1980s, Helen McCookerybook (former bass player and vocalist) retired briefly from playing. She was introduced to Lester Square, who had just left The Monochrome Set, and they started working on her new songs, which were Western-inspired. Rehearsals with a full band proved too expensive and Helen resorted to rehearsing on guitar, with the sax and trombone players from the new band. In this form, they supported The Monochrome Set at Kingston University and went down so well that they decided to keep the format. John Peel’s producer phoned to ask what Helen was up to, and their first Peel session ensued. They went on to tour the UK and Holland, recording two more Peel sessions and playing every type of gig from pogoing punks in the Midlands to a graduation ball with waltzing students at London’s Café Royale. They have remained in contact, and the band and Helen are delighted to be able to release their archive of sessions plus an album they recorded on their own label, on Damaged Goods.
Goldblade feat. Poly Styrene – City Of Christmas Ghosts (7"/digi)
A classic DG Christmas release from a few years ago, all the more poignant since Poly passed away. This 7" is available on a choice of red or green vinyl, or digitally via all the usual outlets. The Daily Mirror have given this a great write-up this very morning.
Wild Billy Chyldish & The Musicians Of The British Empire (DBL 7" + DVD)
This is a limted edition set of the two original 7” singles, one Red vinyl, the other Green which came out in Christmas 2007 plus a new DVD featuring a short Christmas film by Billy.
The DVD: Christmas 1979 is a short film made by Billy Chyldish on his sons camera and features his 3 year old daughters toy nativity that she added her toys African wild dogs and foxes too. The song, Christmas 1979, is a true story of a not very Merry Christmas at the punk rock end time. Yet it displays wit and charm which will make it a perfect stocking filler for loved ones and people of an open joyous disposition.
The package comes in a 7” mailer, which is rubber stamped and numbered.
T-shirts from Talulah Gosh, Hangman Records & Billy Childish!
Recently back in stock due to popular demand – Some great Talulah Gosh T-shirts and badge sets for all the indie-kids, with Billy Childish and Hangman Records for the more garage-inclined. Various sizes including kids’ on some of the Talulah Gosh ones. Click on any pic for the merch section of our online shop.
Tomorrow night at Nambucca-Holloway Rd London!!
ViveLe Rock presents
The exciting new band THE CRUNCH is formed by Sulo Karlsson (Diamond Dogs),
Terry Chimes (Clash), Dave Tregunna (Sham 69) and Mick Geggus (Cockney Rejects).
Plus support from Slydigs
The Crunch in London
Thursday, 12 December 2013
19:00 until 23:00
As previously announced, Fields of the Nephilim head out on their UK co-headline tour with The Mission shortly. FOTN will be performing their classic 1988 album ‘The Nephilim’ in full for the very first time.
VLR PRESENTS -THE CRUNCH-LIVE IN LONDON!
Thursday, 12 December 2013
19:00 until 23:00
The London gig is presented by Vive le Rock magazine, who have praised The Crunch’s debut album ‘Busy Making Noise’ in their latest issue as a “soon-to-be-classic selection of power-pop anthems”.
Opening act Slydigs, a four piece renowned for their ability to encapsulate Rock & Roll in its many forms.https://www.facebook.com/SlyDigs
Ticket £8 adv / £10 door
4 Past Midnight, charity Xmas single.
Glasgow punk band 4 Past Midnight have released a rather good Xmas single in aid of the charity Childline. All proceeds are going to the charity.
The single, Nobody Should Be Lonely On Xmas Day is a rollicking, old-school punk blast in the typical 4PM melodic and no-nonsense style. In a much fairer world, this would be beating the living shit out of the X Factor no-marks and whatever festive re-release is doing the rounds and steaming straight into the charts. Backed with a somewhat less than sympathetic version of Elvis’s The Wonder Of You which is similarly excellent, it’s available as a CD here-
HYPERLINK "http://4pastmidnight.bigcartel.com/product/4-past-midnight-nobody-sould-be-lonely-on-christmas-day-pre-order" http://4pastmidnight.bigcartel.com/product/4-past-midnight-nobody-sould-be-lonely-on-christmas-day-pre-order
and on download, here-
HYPERLINK "https://4pastmidnight.bandcamp.com/album/nobody-should-be-lonely-on-christmas-day" https://4pastmidnight.bandcamp.com/album/nobody-should-be-lonely-on-christmas-day
4 Past Midnight’s FB site is here-
HYPERLINK "https://www.facebook.com/pages/4-Past-Midnight/215468135159655" https://www.facebook.com/pages/4-Past-Midnight/215468135159655
Buy it. You know it makes sense.
JOE STRUMMER 11TH ANNIVERSARY LONDON MEMORIAL EVENT
Tuesday 3rd December 2013
MUSICIANS AND CAMPAIGNERS TAKE TO LONDON STAGE TO REMEMBER JOE STRUMMER And support the firefighters
On Saturday the 21st December, at the Coronet in Elephant and Castle, musicians and campaigners will come together to mark the 11th anniversary of the death of Clash-frontman Joe Strummer and to reinforce the message of support to the firefighters and all those battling for social and economic justice in a world where “The Clampdown” is writ large.
The event will feature former Sex Pistol Glen Matlock, the extraordinary force that is Louise Distras, old-school R&B merchants The Bermondsey Joyriders and Mick Jones-produced Taurus Tracker. Other performers will be confirmed and special collaborations are expected on the night.
Dreadzone, and the Rude Boy himself Ray Gange, will take care of the decks and there will be video, graphics and speakers alongside stalls from trade unions and community groups as the lasting legacy of Joe Strummer and his music is celebrated just south of the Thames.
Tickets are just £7.50 in advance and are £10 on the night and can be obtained from the Coronet directly at www.coronettheatre.co.uk .
AS JOE STRUMMER SAID:
"And so now I’d like to say – people can change anything they want to.
And that means everything in the world. People are running about following their
little tracks – I am one of them. But we’ve all got to stop just following our own little
mouse trail. People can do anything – this is something that I’m beginning to
learn. People are out there doing bad things to each other. That’s because
they’ve been dehumanised. It’s time to take the humanity back into the center
of the ring and follow that for a time. Greed, it ain’t going anywhere. They
should have that in a big billboard across Times Square. Without people you’re nothing. That’s my spiel.”